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2A Wednesday, July 9, 2014 Feather River Bulletin Where in the World? Greg J. Jewers, of Quincy, summits Mount Hood on June 21, the eve of the summer solstice. The peak is 1.1,249 feet in elevation and the highest peak in Oregon. "This has been 18 years in the making," said Jewers, "as I was first supposed to climb it with friends but the trip was aborted in 1996. I tried again three years ago but was turned back due to poor weather and bad boots. Finally made it with my younger nephew." The climb took nine hours and the descent five. Jewers and his nephew started at 11 p.m. and summited at 8 a.m. Next time you travel, share where you went by taking your local newspaper along and including it in a photo. Then email the photo, your contact information and where you were to: dmcdonald@ plumasnews.com. You may see your adventure in the paper! Hospital switch Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Summer is wreaking havoc on the meeting schedule for the Plumas District Hospital board. The board traditionally meets the In-st Thursday of the month, but moved its July meeting up to June 30 and is moving its August meeting back a week to Aug. 14. Four of five board members were present for the brief June 30 meeting, during which they approved medical credentials for medical meeting dat providers and authorized interim Chief Executive Officer Jeff Kepple to sign checks. Kepple, who was appointed to his new role April 3, is also searching for a new chief financial off'mer, after Cindy Crosslin returned to her former role as controller. Kepple announced that the implementation of the second phase of new billing procedures will go into effect July 28. The changes were made after a consultant reviewed the hospital's practices. Additionally, Kepple will be attending the annual meeting for the state's 32 critical access hospitals. "These hospitals are very much like us," Kepple said, and looks forward to interacting with other hospital administrators experiencing som~ of the same challenges. Board Chairman Bill Wickman commended Kepple and the staff for collaboration with other hospitals and each other. He also announced thatlthe hospital foundation's annual fundraiser, Starry Mountain Nights, is scheduled for Aug. 23. ..... ?,, ~ ;,~, JULY 19 ABDOMINAL ANEURYSM SCREENING Appointment with Dr. a man, age 65- 75, who has in your lifetime (even man hinal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) screening through Medicare r for the free screening if you have a family history of AAAs. ,= AAA is a balloon-like swelling of the body's main blood vessel in you have no symptoms. If caught in time, it is relatively easy to repair, otherwise it's very g is a quick and non-invasive ultrasound. screened and see Dr. Kim for a cardiovascular risk, on the same day/Call 832.6600 today for plans cover this vital screeniqg once in a lifetime at no cost to you. I visit with Dr. Kim. For insurance questions, call Usa: 832.6570 or your insurance i WWW.EPHC.ORG County leaders blame high employee turnover on low pay Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.corn County employees continue to switch departments; resulting in more open positions. During the July 1 meeting, the Plumas County supervisors approved hiring requests and listened to pay rate concerns. Clerk-Recorder Kathy Williams received authorization to fill a deputy clerk/recorder position after an employee left her department for a job in human resources. Environmental Health Director Jerry Sipe asked for authorization to add a new position to his department, that of anadministrative assistant, and begin the hiring process. Sipe successfully argued his need for additional help because of the increased workload to his department. Supervisor Lori Simpson voted against granting the additional position because she wanted the board to consider the request during the county budget hearings in August. Social Services Director Elliott Smart received approval to replace a social worker who took a position with a private social services agency in Sacramento. The new employee must either have a master's degree and some work experience or a bachelor's degree and a lot of work experience. When board chairman Jon Kennedy asked Smart if focusing on those with just a bachelor's degree, rather than the higher degree, would help recruitment, Smart replied, "We would get more candidates if we pay more." That sentiment came up later in the meeting when the board approved a four-year contract extension for County Counsel Craig Settlemire. District Attorney, David H0llister, who has repeatedly pointed out the pay disparity between himself and the county counsel, spoke out again, telling the supervisors that the pay disparity is the highest in the state. "His salary is fine; yours is too low," Kennedy responded. Plumas County pays its county counsel $168,000 and its district attorney $95,724, though Hollister earns BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ROUNDUP $103,000 due to his longevity. In discussing compensation, Hollister referred to bonuses that Settlemire had received, which drew a response from the county counsel. "I take exception to the term bonus," Settlemire said. "It's more like a step increase that other employees receive." He explained that when he was hired in 2010 he had responded to a statewide advertisement that included a pay range, and based on his experience, he requested the high end of the pay scale. Rather than grant that pay immediately, Settlemire received a phased-in compensation package. "I earned the pay that I received," he said. When he finished defending his own salary, Settlemire said, "The DA deserves to be paid more and other employees do as well." Hollister apologized for using the word bonus, and agreed with Settlemire that department heads and their employees should be paid more. $100 discussion Sheriff Greg Hagwood purchased a $100 plaque as a token of appreciation for a man who brought $400,000 worth of services to this county, but he had to get the supervisors' approval to pay the bill. Hagwood wanted to honor Butte County Sheriff Jerry Smith for his 37-year career in law enforcement and his contribution to Plumas County. "During his career he has been instrumental in providing in excess of $400,000 worth of helicopter support to the Plumas County Sheriffs Office," Hagwood wrote in his request to the supervisors. "He has also provided personnel, training and equipment to our agency during numerous marijuana eradications saving tens of thousands of dollars to Plumas County." "Why didn't you guys just chip in?" Kennedy asked Hagwood. Hagwood said that he could have sought contributions, but this better reflected the spirit of the award in expressing the gratitude of the citizens of the county. The board unanimously approved the request. Why would a $100 plaque require a presentation before the Board of Supervisors? According to Auditor Roberta Allen, the plaque "is not something that would be budgeted for and it's not in our regular scope of payments," so it needed to be presented to the board for approval. More music for Belden The supervisors approved two more music festivals for Belden -- Stilldream, July 31 - Aug. 3, and The Funk, Aug. 15 - 16. The festivals are expected to attract 800 and 700 staff, talent and spectators, respectively. Before the requests were approved, Supervisor Lori Simpson listed a host of concerns about the Belden music festivals in general, including changing the county's own ordinance so that permits would be requested many months before the event, rather than the weeks that are required. "I've always felt unsettled about approving these," Simpson said, and mentioned potential problems including fire. "I feel like something serious could happen there." She turned to Ivan Coffman and said, "You're the landowner; if something big happens, it's a liability." Coffman said he was insured and said that wildfire could happen anywhere. He said that his venue is unique and is appreciated by the people who organize and attend the festivals. After hearin#from festival promoters that adequate medical services were going to be provided, the supervisors unanimously approved the request. Website contract The supervisors entered into a contract with Big Fish Creations of Graeagle for the county's tourism website exploreplumascounty.com. Market to feature 'information art' This week the Quincy Sustainability -- a series of 24 Certified Farmers' Market prints of "information art." will host the Lexicon of This art was created to DRIVEWAY MAINTENANCE SLURRY SEAL.COATING SSIH OIL HOT CRACK FILLING PATCHING FREE ESTIMATES SERVING ALL OF PLUMAS & LASSEN COUNTIES 29581 HWY 89, CANYON DAM, CA 95923 C-12 CA LIC. #762465 530 - 284 -1474 I In Memo William E. 'Bill" 2/11/26--1/11/14 in memory of Bill, please join us for an evening of stories, songs and toasts to a life well-lived. Bring your favorite "Bill"story and enjoy a summer night in the mountains he loved. Thurs, July 10, 2014 Pioneer Park, Quincy, CA (34 Fairgrounds Rd.) 7:00 pm (Please bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating) His family requests that in lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Bill's honor to the Plumas County Museum. For questions, please contact his daughter at katy@katydore.com promote a simple premise: people will live more sustainably if they understand the most basic terms and principles that will define the next economy. Curators around the USA are hosting "pop up" shows and the Quincy community has been selected to participate. Quincy Certified Farmers' Market welcomes Keely Nesbit and Chris Retallack to the market stage. Retallack and Nesbit are young Quincy locals who have been active in musical groups within Plumas County and beyond. They will be keeping the market lively with folk tunes. An intermission performance at 6 p.m. will feature Marty Mitchell's finger-style guitar and clear and haunting voice. A former Meadow Valley resident, Marty Mitchell performs American folk, blues, swing, country, pop and bluegrass music. Mitchell will play solo, although she usually plays with her Portland-area band, Smoke and Mirrors. Each Thursday from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. farmers, crafters, hot meals and Iive music abound at the corner of Church and Main streets in downtown Quincy. The farmers' market has a full schedule of entertainment throughout the summer. A calendar of events can be found at QuincyFarmersMarket.org. For more information about the market, call 487-4386. More about the Lexicon of Sustainabllity can be found at lexiconofsustainability.com.